Eighth-Ranked Men’s Tennis Opens 2014 Campaign with 7-2 Victory over Flagler

Eighth-Ranked Men’s Tennis Opens 2014 Campaign with 7-2 Victory over Flagler

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Saint Leo men's tennis team secured two doubles victories, and sealed the deal with five wins at singles en route to a 7-2 victory over Flager College on Saturday afternoon at the Flagler Tennis Center.  The Lions open their 2014 slate with a record of 1-0, while the Saints open the season with a mark of 0-1.

The Lions picked up two wins at doubles, with the tandem of 50th ranked Ismail Lemtouni and Bruno Sisti taking home the first win of the afternoon, defeating the duo of Inigo Landaluce and Fabio Ferrauti by a score of 8-3.

Oskar Nurmio and Matt Nicholson-Lewis finished next, taking down Flagler's Hermann Gertmann and Uriel Oquendo by a score of 8-6.  The Saints bounced back at the No. 1 doubles slot, with 42nd ranked Jose Martinez and Bruno Padilha defeating Victor Lozier and Fons Verberne, 8-6.

Flagler kept the momentum rolling into singles play, with Martinez earning the first finish in the No. 1 slot as he took down Alou Adjenak (6-1, 6-4).  The Lions then swept the remaining slots, with Lemtouni securing the No. 4 slot next, defeating Oquendo 7-5, 6-3.

Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio secured the No. 6 spot with a 6-2, 6-3 finish over Brant Switzler, followed by Sisti defeating Landaluce at No. 2 singles in a hotly contested flight, 6-4, 7-6(5).  Nicholson-Lewis took down Ferrauti at No. 3 singles (6-4, 7-5), followed by Nurmio closing out the afternoon with a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over Gertmann in the five slot.

The Lions return to action for their home opener on Sunday, February 2, when they host Coastal Georgia.  Match time against the Mariners is slated for 1:00 p.m., with a community celebration including games, food, music, and prizes kicking off at noon at the Saint Leo Tennis Complex.

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